Nasi Goreng Recipe

Rice is something that we always have at home, whether uncooked and stored in the pantry, or cooked and on the kitchen counter top or dining table. There’s usually a pot of steamed rice in the kitchen, waiting to be devoured at the next meal. But steamed rice can become a bit boring sometimes, so occasionally, we’d have something different, like Nasi Goreng.

Nasi Goreng is a very popular Indonesian dish. It is fried rice mixed with a bit of meat or veggies, so it can be a complete meal by itself, especially when seasoned perfectly.  If you have cold cooked (not freshly cooked) rice in the house, that would be perfect for this dish, and if you have some bits of veggies in the fridge, you can prepare this dish for tonight’s dinner.

(Note: I’ve added a few substitution ideas, in case you do not have the fresh ingredients on hand, but have the preserved versions in your pantry.)

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NASI GORENG

INGREDIENTS:
Olive oil
4 eggs, beaten lightly
1 brown onion, coarsely chopped
6 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
25g ginger, finely chopped (or a generous dash of ground ginger)
2 long red chillies, chopped (or a dash of ground cayenne pepper, to taste)
200g chicken fillet, sliced 1 inch squares or short strips
1 chicken cube
A handful of oyster mushrooms (or 184g can of champignon pieces and stems)
1/2 green capsicum, chopped coarsely
1/2 red capsicum, chopped coarsely
200g fresh baby corns, chopped coarsely (canned version will also do)
4 cups (cold) steamed jasmine rice
2 cups bean sprouts
3 green onions, sliced thinly
3 tablespoons soy sauce (or adjust to taste)
2 tablespoons kecap manis (or adjust to taste)

PROCEDURE:
In a wok, heat oil. Add egg to make a thin omelette. When cooked, remove omelette and let cool.

Saute brown onion, garlic, ginger and chilli. Add chicken and chicken cube, and stir fry until chicken is cooked. Add mushrooms, capsicums and corn and cook until tender.

Add rice, bean sprouts, green onion, soy sauce and kecap manis. Stir fry.

Cut omelette into strips. Add omelette strips to the mixture in the wok. Mix well. Remove from heat and serve hot.

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Know Your Ingredient – Oregano

OREGANO

Description

Oregano is a small shrub with many stems covered with small grayish-green oval leaves and small white or pink flowers. It is called wild marjoram in many parts of Europe because it is very much related to the herb that we know as sweet marjoram. Oregano is a wonderful herb that adds a warm, balsamic and aromatic flavor to many different dishes, especially those of the Mediterranean cuisine.

Nutrients

Oregano is not just for aroma and flavor but it is also composed of several nutrients. It has 14% Vitamin K, 5% Manganese, 4% Iron, 3% Calcium, and 3% Fiber per 2 teaspoons serving.

Health Benefits and Medical Use

Oregano is an effective anti-bacterial agent. It reduces the growth of bacteria hence, decreases the risk of infection. Oregano contains numerous phytonutrients that have also been shown to function as powerful antioxidants that can prevent oxygen-based damage to cell structures all over the body. It is also proven that it is a good source of fiber which aids in the prevention of cancer.

Culinary Use

Oregano is famous among pizzas. In addition to that, it is widely used in making special cuisine.

Sharing Time – April 2018 (Week 2)

The Primary Sharing Time topic for the 2nd week of April 2018 is “Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith.”

Here are a few free printables to help you out with this lesson. All you got to do is print and cut them.  Here is the PDF containing all the printables and I hope you enjoy them.

Download PDF of April 2018 Week 2 lesson printables (8.5″ x 11″)

Here is how they might look like on the board:

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I’ve included colouring pages which tell the story of the First Vision.  You can display them as is on the board while Joseph Smith-History 1:14-19 is being read, or as the story of the First Vision is being told. Or you can get the children to colour them before displaying them on the board for the whole class to see.

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Don’t forget that you can also use the Sharing Time Talks for April 2018 as back-up talks to read for Primary kids who forgot to or didn’t prepare their talks.

Printable flip charts for some of the songs you might want to choose for April:

An Angel Came To Joseph Smith (words only)
Joseph Smith’s First Prayer (words only)
On A Golden Springtime (words only)
The Golden Plates (words only)
The Golden Plates (with visuals)

 

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15 Etsy Finds That You Can Wear To The Coachella Festival

It’s almost time for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival again, and if you are going, you need to finalize your festival outfit right now. But even if you are not going to the festival, but just love to dream of going and, perhaps, even have plans of holding a mini Coachella festival thingy with a few friends at your place, you still have to have the proper outfit to get the mood right.

We’ve hopped over to our favourite handmade/vintage online shop, Etsy, to see what options we can find in composing a truly festival look. Here are some of our finds, so far:

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Maxi Dress Skirt by TribalSpiritShop
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Carmen Wrap Maxi Dress
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Gauze Cotton Tiered Skirt by Cotton Flower Clothing
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Modern Crochet Skirt by Concept Creative Store
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Blue Denim Shorts by Platforma
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Pastel Mint Loose Cardigan by BV Lifestyle
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Crochet Cardigan by Tina Crochet 2016
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Brown leather sandals by Bali Elf
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Women’s Maraolo Western Boots
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Layered Bracelet by AyanoBoutique
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Moonstone Flower Wire Wrapped Bracelet
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Boho Fringe Bag by AlisoBay
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Crochet Bag by CrochetandHeart
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A simple cross body bag by Julia Sherry Designs
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Round straw bag by Lake of Life

Recycled Furniture Ideas

There is a lot of campaign going on around the world for recycled stuff. Recycling is often, if not always, a great idea. Not only does it save you money, but it also challenges your creativity and best of all, it’s the more earth-friendly option.

When it comes to furniture, we can’t deny the fact that many furniture pieces are often pricey, most especially for those with tight budgets. If you are a creative soul, you might entertain the idea of recycling another man’s trash and turn it into your treasure.

Here are some of what others recycled and came up with:

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Cardboard sofa
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Living room furniture made from old oil barrels
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Garden hose chair
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Pallet living room furniture
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Luggage chair
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Truck bed
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Bicycle bar stools
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Recycled car part seat

 

Sharing Time – April 2018 (Week 1)

The Primary Sharing Time topic for the 1st week of April 2018 is “Jesus Christ Restored His Church in the Latter Days”.

Here are a few free printables to help you out with this lesson. All you got to do is print and cut them.  Here is the PDF containing all the printables and I hope you enjoy them.

Download PDF of April 2018 Week 1 lesson printables (8.5″ x 11″)

Here is how they might look like on the board:

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I’ve included pages that you can print for the drawing activity. Each page already have the gospel principle mentioned in the outline, and I’ve included 1 page with a blank heading, so you can write other gospel principles that you can think of.

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Don’t forget that you can also use the Sharing Time Talks for April 2018 as back-up talks to read for Primary kids who forgot to or didn’t prepare their talks.

Printable flip charts for some of the songs you might want to choose for April:

An Angel Came To Joseph Smith (words only)
Joseph Smith’s First Prayer (words only)
On A Golden Springtime (words only)
The Golden Plates (words only)
The Golden Plates (with visuals)

Printable flip charts for some Easter songs you might want the kids to sing if you have your meetings on the 1st of April:

Did Jesus Really Live Again? (words only)
Easter Hosanna (words only)
He Sent His Son (words only)
When He Comes Again (words only)

 

Sharing Time Talks For April 2018

Here are short talks that you can use for Sharing Time in Primary for the month of April:


Week 1: After Jesus Christ and His Apostles died, gospel truths were lost.

Apostasy is a state when individuals or groups of people turn away from the principles of the gospel.  After the Savior and His apostles died, men corrupted the principles of the gospel and made unauthorized changes in the Church organization and priesthood ordinances. People fell away from the truth. The Lord then withdrew His authority because of this great wickedness.  This Apostasy only ended when Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith in 1820.

In D&C 138:44, it teaches us that the Church will never again be destroyed. However, we are not safe from danger of committing personal apostasy. That is to deviate our standard from the Lord’s standard.

We can safeguard ourselves against personal apostasy by keeping our covenants, obeying the commandments, following Church leaders, partaking of the sacrament, and constantly strengthening our testimony through daily scripture study, prayer, and service.


Week 2: Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith.

One of the results of the Great Apostasy is the formation of many sects and churches. During 1820, there was a fourteen-year old young boy who went to the woods to pray, asking for answers as to which church was true. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to this young boy, telling him there was no true church that time. This boy is the Prophet Joseph Smith. Through him, the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth.

We are so blessed to live in a time wherein we have access to the true gospel of Jesus Christ. Our challenge is to live our lives according to these truths.


Week 3: Priesthood authority was restored by heavenly messengers.

Priesthood is the authority from God given to worthy male members of the Church so they can act in His name for the salvation of His children.  There was a time that this priesthood was taken away because of the extreme wickedness of the people. That period is called Apostasy or also known as Dark Ages.

On May 15, 1829, Joseph Smith and his scribe Oliver Cowdery went into the woods to inquire of the Lord concerning baptism. As they prayed, “a messenger from heaven descended in a cloud of light.” This messenger was John the Baptist, the prophet who had baptized Jesus Christ centuries earlier. John the Baptist, now a resurrected being, laid his hands on Joseph and on Oliver and conferred upon each of them the Aaronic Priesthood.

This greater priesthood was given to Adam and has been on the earth whenever the Lord has revealed His gospel. It was taken from the earth during the Great Apostasy, but it was restored in May 1829, when the Apostles Peter, James, and John conferred it upon Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery.

We are so blessed that we are living in a day where we have this sacred authority from God and enjoy all its blessings.


Week 4: Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon and restored gospel truths.

One of the main events happened in the Church History is the Restoration of the Gospel through the prophet Joseph Smith.

In 2 Nephi 25:17, it was already prophesied that there will be a restoration in the latter days. It says, “And the Lord will set his hand again the second time to restore his people from their lost and fallen state. Wherefore, he will proceed to do a marvelous work and a wonder among the children of men.”

The restoration has started when Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith in 1820 and continues up to our day through our living prophet.

Another most meaningful event that happened in the history is the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. Joseph Smith consistently testified that he translated the Book of Mormon by the “gift and power of God.” His scribes shared that testimony. The angel who brought news of an ancient record on metal plates buried in a hillside and the divine instruments prepared especially for Joseph Smith to translate were all part of what Joseph and his scribes viewed as the miracle of translation. When he sat down in 1832 to write his own history for the first time, he began by promising to include “an account of his marvelous experience.” The translation of the Book of Mormon was truly marvelous.


 

8 Stylish Jewelry Storage Solutions

Do you keep losing your earrings? Or do you struggle with untangling your necklaces?

Here are some of the coolest items you can use to neatly organize and store your jewelry. No more scattering of random jewelry pieces on your dresser top or bed side table.

  1. Deer Necklace Rack by Wall Charmers

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This faux taxidermy deer head, very fortunately, is made of lightweight resin and finished in matte white color, so you can have the dramatic piece on which to hang your jewelry, without harming any animal in the process. Also available in a number of other colors, such as gold, blue, pink, purple, black, etc.

2. Geo Design Timber Earring Organizer by Bon Maxie

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Forgotten what earrings you have? Or lost half a pair? Sick of storing your studs and dangles separately? Get enough storage for a lifetime of earrings with a unique solution. Choose your favorite colors or match the room decor with this colorful Geo design by Bon Maxie, in 100% premium plantation-grown Australian pine.

3. Pink Flamingo Jewelry Plate by SienaXCo

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Love flamingo? Display them! This multi-function flamingo bowl/plate is great for jewelry storage, fruit and snack mix, or as your yogurt bowl! It is made of ceramic and finished with polished paint.

4. “Constructivism” Jewelry Organizer by Monstersalat

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The jewelry organizer “Constructivism” will be an outstanding display for your jewelry and a beautiful wall decor at the same time. It can be mounted to a wall or cabinet door. It’s made of laser cut beech plywood and can hold approximately 25 pairs of earrings and 4 necklaces, depending on jewelry size.

5. Wooden Bowl Jewelry Storage by ElleOneNine

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Collect them in various colors! Cheer up your dresser top with these hand painted natural wooden bowl in lovely, bright colors.

6. Handmade White Ceramic Ring Cones by Cats Ceramics

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These ring cones are a fabulous modern way to display your favorite rings. Made by handmade with a irregular ‘handmade shape’, they are tactile and pretty and pretty useful too!

7. Rustic Jewelry Organizer With Shelf by Ebony Red Creations

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Never have to sit and untangle your necklaces, or search for that missing earring again! This handmade original design jewelry organizer can neatly and beautifully display all of your necklaces, bangles, earrings and more.

8. Mermaid Tail Necklace Holder And Jewelry Dish by Not A Jewellery Box Ltd

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Storing your jewelry on display like this means that you get to enjoy your favorite pieces even when you’re not wearing them, and they also stay free from tangles. And you can even pretend that you’re secretly a mermaid!

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Sharing Time – March 2018 (Week 4)

The Primary Sharing Time topic for the 4th week of March 2018 is “Jesus Christ Is Our Savior”.

For this lesson, I’ve prepared a few free printables to help you out, so all you got to do is print and cut them.  Here is the PDF containing all the printables and I hope you enjoy them.

Download PDF of this week’s lesson’s printables (8.5″ x 11″)

Here is how they might look like on the board:

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Don’t forget that you can also use the Sharing Time Talks for March 2018 as back-up talks to read for Primary kids who forgot to or didn’t prepare their talks.

Printable flip charts for this month’s song:
If the Savior Stood Beside Me (words only)
If the Savior Stood Beside Me (with visuals)

Printable flip charts for some Easter songs you might want the kids to practice:
Did Jesus Really Live Again? (words only)
Easter Hosanna (words only)
He Sent His Son (words only)
When He Comes Again (words only)

Our Ward’s TOFW – Time Out For Women

Here are some snapshots from our ward’s Time Out For Women (TOFW) activity. Since most of us couldn’t make it to the nearest official TOFW event, we decided to have our own in our ward.

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We had a number of inspiring speakers, including a non-LDS lady (friend of one of our RS sisters) who was 90+% blind. If you have a closer look at the photos above, there is a photo of handmade necklaces and bracelets at the bottom centre.  All those necklaces and bracelets were made by her….and they were beautiful! If I recall correctly, she donates the profit to her favourite charity.  She also got us to try and write something in Braille, using the slate and stylus she brought. It was lovely to be able to experience that.